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Friday finally!

Friday- do you hear the word the same way I do?  It sounds like a smile and a sigh mixed together with a hint of excitement.  Oh how I love Fridays!

This week has brought me allergy relief finally.  I won’t go into the grossness of post nasal drip but I will tell you this.  When the Dr. says post nasal drip is burning your vocal cords you too will finally decide to stick with the daily allergy pills.  My voice is back finally and I feel so much better.  I love my cat, Muck, but she is a nuisance at times.  She isn’t the loving cute cat you see in pictures at all and due to the fact I am allergic to her she better know how lucky she is to have a cushy life.

My spoiled moody cat, Muck

Anyhoo, this week is over and on to the weekend.  Tomorrow I have a brunch with some friends of mine. Yay to girl time- good food, mimosa’s and lots of gabbing!  Gotta get up early enough to make coffee cake to take with me – yummy! My recipe is one my mom made when I was younger and I double the crumble topping for extra sweetness.  It will be a perfect desert for us ladies!  Then in the evening I am making Chicken Tortilla Soup (thanks to the Pioneer Woman for the recipe) for it.  It is a delicious recipe that cans super well also.

Tomorrow hubby is going and picking up new flooring!  It’s a beautiful dark wood vinyl.  We like hardwood but after research we have decided vinyl is what is right for us.  More on that with pictures soon!  I am super excited to update my house.  I suppose I should tell you about my 1947 home.  Maybe soon with pictures of what we’ve changed and pictures of what we haven’t (outdated and ugly).  Till then enjoy life.  Be true to yourself and give more then you receive.  God Bless

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Ear ache – No More!

Hi everybody, how’s the weather where you are at?  No matter what it is I bet you or someone you know has had a cold!  Well if you have then you know how miserable they can be.  I use my Breath Easy to get relief.  Last week my daughter had a cold but this time her ears started to bother her.  She kept saying that one of them hurt and it was hard to hear from.  So I did what I always do: I Googled!  I looked at many ideas on how to treat ear aches naturally and decided that ear drops are probably the best way to start since the drops will hit the spot that’s hurting.  Weighing out the different options for ingredients I went with garlic and mullein infused olive oil.  Here’s why:  Olive oil, absorbs well and long shelf life. Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral as well as reduces swelling ( you can find that information here and here.)  Mullein is antibacterial as well (read it here).

Does it work?  Heck ya!  After one application to each ear my daughters symptoms totally disappeared. This is my go-to from here on out for earaches!  Want to make it?  Ok, here we go!

First, get your ingredients

Olive oil, mullein, garlic and bottle with dropper.
Olive oil, mullein, garlic and bottle with dropper.

In pan add 1/4 cup dried mullein

1/4 cup Mullein
1/4 cup Mullein

Then add 5-6 chopped garlic cloves (I forgot to chop them, easily distracted at times I guess )

5 garlic cloves
5 garlic cloves

Then add  just enough olive oil to cover

Olive oil to cover
Olive oil to cover

Then turn to low for 30 minutes.  My pans get too hot so I did 15, rest off burner and 15 more on low009

15 minutes on low twice or once for 30 minutes
15 minutes on low twice or once for 30 minutes

Now all you need to do is strain it and I do it like this.  Put unbleached muslin over big measuring cup (easier to pour from), pour oil in and let strain by hanging from a doorknob.  Ring out all the good stuff  once it’s cool too.

See how gravity pulls all the oil out?  Once it's cooled and done dripping I squeeze all the oil out that I can!
See how gravity pulls all the oil out? Once it’s cooled and done dripping I squeeze all the oil out that I can!

Pour into bottle and label

I made more then I needed!
I made more then I needed!

I covered the smaller bottle’s label with packing tape because I wanted to warm it up slightly before using.

To use you just warm up lightly (do not get hot or it will hurt).  Lay on side with affected ear facing up and drop in 3-5 drops of oil.  Leave in for 5 minutes and then put a washrag over ear and flip over so that gravity can help it drain back out. Rub oil around ear if desired to soak in and get max benefits.  Repeat every few hours as needed.  Store in a cool dark place an it should last for quite a while.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and I answered all your questions.  Feel free to comment or ask a question!